Are you a feminist? Are you tired of hearing people saying that feminism is just about women’s issues and that feminist should only talk about things like periods and harassment and sexism? Feminists are tired of hearing that feminism isn’t political and shouldn’t be political because it is. How is feminism political? Why should feminism not be seen as something that’s divorced from politics?
The most common arguments that we end up here in as feminist is that we should stick to talking about women’s issues like sexual harassment, dowry death, acid attack etcetera. Why do people think that this is what feminism revolves around? Do people believe that things like and annihilation of caste, LGBTQ IA+, economic repression, climatic justice play no role in our lives? Our laws and policies affect our everyday life so in that sense all issues need to be spoken of from the ambit of feminism. Throughout history, feminism has always been political. The fight for equal rights and gender justice cannot be divorced from its social and political context. Feminism is not just about women’s rights but a struggle for equal political, social and economic rights for marginalised persons. From the food we eat to the clothes we wear: everything we do is political no part of our lives is apolitical. Our laws and policies that have a direct impact on the lives we lead are equally political. Not everybody experiences operation in the same way and feminism, particularly intersectional feminism recognises that. Our multiple live realities intersect with each other and that’s how multiple layers of oppression can be playing out in one person’s life. We must examine, why it is that some people are hell-bent on separating feminism and politics. Feminism that doesn’t address equality for all, social justice for all and politics for all cannot be called feminism.